• Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc.
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

Supporting the Nature Center since 1973

About Us

Sandy Creek Nature Center was founded in 1973 by a group of 11 concerned citizens. In 1981, this group deeded the Nature Center to Athens-Clarke County which, to this day, operates the center. Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, continues to work in conjunction with ACC to fund special projects, property improvements and programs.

News: Restroom Upgrade

Thanks to a generous $68,000 grant awarded by Riverview Foundation, the restroom located behind the main Education & Visitor Center, will be getting a make-over. This project will begin shortly after construction of the adjacent Nature Playscape. The restroom serves the Oconee Rivers Greenway in addition to Nature Center users and is currently open 24 hours.  Upgrades will include an expanded space, new fixtures, energy-efficient features and improved ADA access.


Membership is great way to tangibly express your support for Sandy Creek Nature Center, and memberships are available at a variety of levels.  Members can enjoy benefits and the pride of supporting one of NE Georgia's premier outdoor education facilities. Memberships are tax-deductible and support special projects, property improvements and programs.

Annual Meeting (Pie Day)
until spring

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will be unable to hold our meeting this fall. Instead, the Annual Meeting will be postponed and take place in the spring of 2021. This will give us time to put together a fun and informative program for you. Look for more details in the future.

The Nature Playscape

Imagine children clambering over small boulders….shimmying down a hillside…leaping over tree stumps…building hideouts from logs and limbs…romping with butterflies and birds. 

It’s where kids connect with the outdoors.  Where playtime becomes learning time. Its the Nature Playscape, our next big thing. This playscape is currently under construction in our former garden area behind the Education & Visitor Center.

The Jack -O'- Lantern Jog, benefiting Sandy Creek Nature Center, is a fall tradition that spans nearly 20 years. This year, due to Covid 19 social distancing regulations, a race with 200 people on the Greenway isn't possible.  However, we are not going to let a pandemic stop 20 years of tradition-the race must go on! Please support the Nature Center and pursue your own fitness goals by participating in our virtual run.

Jack O'' Lantern Jog/Goblin Fun Run
October 24-31